Former Providence College Runners Ready For Beijing

Aug. 14, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For some athletes making the Olympics is the peak of success, but for others, a medal is not out of the question. Kim Smith, a former Providence College stand-out runner has an Olympic medal in her sights. A native of Aukland, New Zealand, Smith had an incredible running career at Providence. Smith is a five-time All-American, four-time NCAA Champion and holds three NCAA records. At the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track Championship, Smith captured the 5,000 meters (15:14.18) and the 3,000 meters (8:49.18), setting two of her three NCAA records in the same meet.

Smith's success did not stop after college. In 2004 she competed for New Zealand at the Athens Olympic Games in the 5,000 meter event. However, Smith failed to make the final and her chances at a medal came to an end. Four years later, Smith has established herself as a strong medal contender in the longer event of 10,000 meters. In this Olympic year, Smith has posted fast times, setting four New Zealand national records (indoor one mile, indoor two-mile, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters), her time in the two-mile is the second-fastest all-time in the world. Smith is currently ranked second in the world at 10,000 meters going into the Olympic Games making her chances at a medal very bright.

Two other former Friars also will be set to compete against the top runners in the world as Roisin McGettigan and Martin Fagan, both from Ireland are prepared to make their olympic debuts. While at Providence, McGettigan earned four All-America honors and was a five-time BIG EAST Champion. Her time in the steeplechase (9:28.29) is the Irish national record. McGettigan will be competing in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase in Beijing. McGettigan's compatriot, Martin Fagan will compete in the men's marathon. Fagan was a four-time All-American during his four years at Providence College. Now he looks to compete with the best in the world on the streets of Beijing.

 

 

Beijing, China is twelve hours ahead of the United States (EST). The 3,000 meter steeplechase heats will begin Friday, August 15 at 8:25 p.m. in Beijing, China. McGettigan will have to finish in the top-four in her heat on Friday August 15, in order to reach the final on Sunday, August 17 and have a chance for a medal. The women's 10,000 meter gold medal final will be held on Friday, August 15 at 10:45 p.m. in Beijing, China. This will be Smith's chance to run for an Olympic medal. Fagan will compete in the men's marathon, the final event of the Olympic Games on Sunday, August 24 at 7:30 a.m. in Beijing.

Check your local listings for coverage of track and field at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For more information visit nbcolympics.com or en.beijing2008.cn. Be sure to check back to friars.com for results for each athlete as they compete in Beijing.

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